‘Beauty and the Beast’, ‘Thor: Ragnarok’, ‘Star Wars: Episode 8’ among the films to be shown this year


LOS ANGELES – Disney is offering a formidable lineup of movies for this year in the hope of making 2017 another landmark year for the studio.

Last year, the company earned a total of US$7 billion in ticket sales from its movies shown worldwide.

2017 will start off with:

  1. Beauty and the Beast

A live-action adaptation of the classic fairytale. It stars Dan Stevens as Beast and Emma Watson as Belle. It starts screening on March 15.

  1. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

A sequel to the highly-successful Guardians of the Galaxy. The Guardians go through another adventure as they search for the parents of Peter Quill (played by Chris Pratt). It will be shown on April 25.

    1. Pirates of the Carribean: Salazar’s Revenge

A down-on-his-luck Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, Captain Salazar (played by Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea, including Sparrow. Captain Jack’s only hope of survival lies on the legendary Trident of Poseidon. It will open on May 24.

  1. Cars 3

Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician, Cruz Ramirez. The movie will open on August 23.

  1. Thor: Ragnarok

Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization in the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela (Cate Blanchett). But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger—the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). It will open on November 3.

  1. Coco

Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voiced by newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voiced by Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voiced by Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history. It will open on November 22.

  1. Star Wars: Episode VIII

Following the success of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “Rogue One: A Star Wars story”, Disney and LucasFilms announced that Episode VIII will be shown on December 15. The movie is Carrie Fisher’s last film. Fisher, who play Princess Leia Organa in the galactic saga, passed away last month after a few days of hospitalization when she suffered a cardiac episode while on a flight from London to Los Angeles. GAC/Expat Media


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